Police warn street drinkers with signs in English AND Polish

PC Alex Denny puts up one of the signs in the alley at the end of Sansome Place

PC Alex Denny puts up one of the signs in the alley at the end of Sansome Place

First published in News Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by

POLICE have put up bilingual signs in Polish and English, warning nuisance Worcester street drinkers not to break open the booze in public.

The signs are now being placed at hotspots around the city as part of Operation Spartacus, which officers say has slashed alcohol-related anti-social behaviour since it launched last October.

The signs warn in both languages that drinking in the alcohol free zone can result in an on-the-spot £60 fine and the seizure of alcohol, including unopened bottles and cans.

They can also be served with a dispersal order, arrested, or even given a criminal anti-social behaviour order if their behaviour persists.

Sgt Carl Jones said police wanted to ‘refresh’ people’s memory about reporting anti-social behaviour as the days grow hotter and the evenings longer, and said ‘it is never a waste of time to report it’.

PC Alex Denny began putting up 30 of the plastic, weather-proof signs yesterday in areas including Sansome Place, Tallow Hill and Lowesmoor, which have drawn complaints from residents or businesses.

PC Denny said: “There is a reasonable proportion of people we encounter in this locality who are Polish but all the signage we have is in English and they may not be aware they are drinking in an alcohol-free zone. The idea of this is to raise awareness to prevent people violating the conditions.

“Worcester is a multicultural city and there are people of a variety of nationalities living in the Lowesmoor area, which is a positive reflection on the city. A number of the drinkers we encounter are English males but there are also Polish males. What we are trying to do is make the legislation more easily understandable to the people we encounter. If we can educate people rather than reprimand them then that is something we would rather do."

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11:58am Tue 20 May 14

bmoc55 says...

These notices won't make any difference at all. Even ones in English are ignored by local english speakers.
Their attitude is "so what I'll do as I like".
Some notices here and there will not improve their lack of social morals.
These notices won't make any difference at all. Even ones in English are ignored by local english speakers. Their attitude is "so what I'll do as I like". Some notices here and there will not improve their lack of social morals. bmoc55
  • Score: 44

12:13pm Tue 20 May 14

CJH says...

bmoc55 wrote:
These notices won't make any difference at all. Even ones in English are ignored by local english speakers.
Their attitude is "so what I'll do as I like".
Some notices here and there will not improve their lack of social morals.
Quite right - do speed limit signs stop people speeding? No.
[quote][p][bold]bmoc55[/bold] wrote: These notices won't make any difference at all. Even ones in English are ignored by local english speakers. Their attitude is "so what I'll do as I like". Some notices here and there will not improve their lack of social morals.[/p][/quote]Quite right - do speed limit signs stop people speeding? No. CJH
  • Score: 26

2:27pm Tue 20 May 14

canuck7 says...

You can put up all the signs you want and various police "operations" but until certain officers stop showing favoritism to some and show impartiality not lip service the nwe will always be hearing about the latest "crackdown".. yes public stop moaning about it and start reporting it every time. only then will we stop see drunks staggering round the city... by the way, they're at it again on the benchs on the st johns side of river from the bridge down to the weir. wonderful advertizement for tourism . cops would have to walk down there though. . .
You can put up all the signs you want and various police "operations" but until certain officers stop showing favoritism to some and show impartiality not lip service the nwe will always be hearing about the latest "crackdown".. yes public stop moaning about it and start reporting it every time. only then will we stop see drunks staggering round the city... by the way, they're at it again on the benchs on the st johns side of river from the bridge down to the weir. wonderful advertizement for tourism [not]. cops would have to walk down there though. . . canuck7
  • Score: 41

6:35pm Tue 20 May 14

DarrenM says...

Hmm the national lead is a miscarriage of justice where the exonerating evidence wasn't declared at the trial and then was apparently "lost" by Worst Farcia when first reviewed by Criminal Cases Review Committee, resulting in someone spending 17 years in Prison, and yet the lead in the Evening News is they're putting signs up Polish?...........
Hmm the national lead is a miscarriage of justice where the exonerating evidence wasn't declared at the trial and then was apparently "lost" by Worst Farcia when first reviewed by Criminal Cases Review Committee, resulting in someone spending 17 years in Prison, and yet the lead in the Evening News is they're putting signs up Polish?........... DarrenM
  • Score: 20

8:45pm Tue 20 May 14

Izabellana says...

This is a grammar problem!!! "alcohol free" sounds like "free alcohol", this is the point for not English native speakers!
This is a grammar problem!!! "alcohol free" sounds like "free alcohol", this is the point for not English native speakers! Izabellana
  • Score: 10

9:39pm Tue 20 May 14

PAT TINTON says...

Why bother writing in Polish. The rules don't apply to them.
Why bother writing in Polish. The rules don't apply to them. PAT TINTON
  • Score: 16

10:23pm Tue 20 May 14

liketoknow says...

why don't they put a sign up with a picture of a glass with a big cross through it? would surely make a lot more sense.
why don't they put a sign up with a picture of a glass with a big cross through it? would surely make a lot more sense. liketoknow
  • Score: 24

9:24pm Wed 21 May 14

Small Town says...

CJH wrote:
bmoc55 wrote:
These notices won't make any difference at all. Even ones in English are ignored by local english speakers.
Their attitude is "so what I'll do as I like".
Some notices here and there will not improve their lack of social morals.
Quite right - do speed limit signs stop people speeding? No.
Spot on CJH, spot on. I'm forever doing 50 or 60 past the local primary school on the A38. Yeah, so there's signs up with 30 on a white back ground in a big red circle, but really, why would a simple number on a bit of metal cause me to slow down?

I guess some will say these anti-drinking signs will carry more weight because rather than just an ineffective number on them, they actually quote the law and the consequences - but just like the 30 sign, at the end of the day it's just paint on metal.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bmoc55[/bold] wrote: These notices won't make any difference at all. Even ones in English are ignored by local english speakers. Their attitude is "so what I'll do as I like". Some notices here and there will not improve their lack of social morals.[/p][/quote]Quite right - do speed limit signs stop people speeding? No.[/p][/quote]Spot on CJH, spot on. I'm forever doing 50 or 60 past the local primary school on the A38. Yeah, so there's signs up with 30 on a white back ground in a big red circle, but really, why would a simple number on a bit of metal cause me to slow down? I guess some will say these anti-drinking signs will carry more weight because rather than just an ineffective number on them, they actually quote the law and the consequences - but just like the 30 sign, at the end of the day it's just paint on metal. Small Town
  • Score: 0

3:04pm Thu 22 May 14

crustyoldgit says...

Get some signs up on both sides of the river near Sabrina Bridge and the new footpath, the benches are full of people drinking alcohol and smoking weed - smells like Amsterdam on a sunny evening!
Get some signs up on both sides of the river near Sabrina Bridge and the new footpath, the benches are full of people drinking alcohol and smoking weed - smells like Amsterdam on a sunny evening! crustyoldgit
  • Score: 8

5:50pm Thu 22 May 14

canuck7 says...

UH.. It's not working./ You tube- canal towpath, westbury st,rainbow hill worc/ today
UH.. It's not working./ You tube- canal towpath, westbury st,rainbow hill worc/ today canuck7
  • Score: 9

11:11am Fri 23 May 14

liketoknow says...

crustyoldgit wrote:
Get some signs up on both sides of the river near Sabrina Bridge and the new footpath, the benches are full of people drinking alcohol and smoking weed - smells like Amsterdam on a sunny evening!
we should be so lucky!
[quote][p][bold]crustyoldgit[/bold] wrote: Get some signs up on both sides of the river near Sabrina Bridge and the new footpath, the benches are full of people drinking alcohol and smoking weed - smells like Amsterdam on a sunny evening![/p][/quote]we should be so lucky! liketoknow
  • Score: 1

10:12am Sat 24 May 14

Mr A Mazing says...

It's easy to moan about drunks blighting the city but you are never going to stop it with any amount of signs or action. Even if real enforcement action is taken, all you do is shift the problem elsewhere. High St, Arboretum, Lowesmoor, Riverside, St Johns-they just get displaced.

Action should be taken with the traders who continue to sell drunk people alcohol, which is against the law. (Newsagent at end of Lowesmoor seems good at that).

It would be nice to build a large wall around a field out of sight, and herd them all in there so they are not visible. Around the playing field at Diglis perhaps? Maybe even offer them free alcohol to keep them within the walls and not stagger about the city. (*This is a joke)
It's easy to moan about drunks blighting the city but you are never going to stop it with any amount of signs or action. Even if real enforcement action is taken, all you do is shift the problem elsewhere. High St, Arboretum, Lowesmoor, Riverside, St Johns-they just get displaced. Action should be taken with the traders who continue to sell drunk people alcohol, which is against the law. (Newsagent at end of Lowesmoor seems good at that). It would be nice to build a large wall around a field out of sight, and herd them all in there so they are not visible. Around the playing field at Diglis perhaps? Maybe even offer them free alcohol to keep them within the walls and not stagger about the city. (*This is a joke) Mr A Mazing
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Sat 24 May 14

Old Uncle says...

A change in attitude by everyone together with enforcement will make a difference. Consider the change in attitude towards smoking that has occurred. Admittedly it has been slow, but progress (depending if you smoke) has been made.
A change in attitude by everyone together with enforcement will make a difference. Consider the change in attitude towards smoking that has occurred. Admittedly it has been slow, but progress (depending if you smoke) has been made. Old Uncle
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Sat 24 May 14

canuck7 says...

Mr A Mazing wrote:
It's easy to moan about drunks blighting the city but you are never going to stop it with any amount of signs or action. Even if real enforcement action is taken, all you do is shift the problem elsewhere. High St, Arboretum, Lowesmoor, Riverside, St Johns-they just get displaced.

Action should be taken with the traders who continue to sell drunk people alcohol, which is against the law. (Newsagent at end of Lowesmoor seems good at that).

It would be nice to build a large wall around a field out of sight, and herd them all in there so they are not visible. Around the playing field at Diglis perhaps? Maybe even offer them free alcohol to keep them within the walls and not stagger about the city. (*This is a joke)
I disagree with e "displacment" theory. as i've said many times on this type of post, unfortunately Worcester is well known far and wide for being a place where one can get away with this type of behaviour. i reported a heroin shooting den i came across accidently while out doing my photograhpy and after reporting it to the authorites , i came under critism by "friends" who told me it was pointless reportin it cuz the addicts will just move elsewhere.. well as far as i'm aware the "den" as bad as it was with around 500+ used syringes, has'nt sprung up again. And as regards action being taken against local traders who continually sell alcohol to people "in a mess". . i agree 100%. i did bring this matter to the attention of the top authorities when i attended and spoke of my concerns at the recent "police and crime commissioner" meeting at the guildhall. i reminded them it is a criminal offence for ANYONE to sell alcohol to someoone obviously drunk or in a mess. . It fell on deaf ears. there is one particular trader in lowesmoor who i've seen selling alcohol more that once to people with crasbo/asbo against them for street drinking. it's all bout the money!. As regards containment, "St" pauls hostel has a drinking containment area now which helps keeps anyone living in the hostel off the streets going it. the authorities did discuss with me a desire and possible plan for another containment area in the city..
[quote][p][bold]Mr A Mazing[/bold] wrote: It's easy to moan about drunks blighting the city but you are never going to stop it with any amount of signs or action. Even if real enforcement action is taken, all you do is shift the problem elsewhere. High St, Arboretum, Lowesmoor, Riverside, St Johns-they just get displaced. Action should be taken with the traders who continue to sell drunk people alcohol, which is against the law. (Newsagent at end of Lowesmoor seems good at that). It would be nice to build a large wall around a field out of sight, and herd them all in there so they are not visible. Around the playing field at Diglis perhaps? Maybe even offer them free alcohol to keep them within the walls and not stagger about the city. (*This is a joke)[/p][/quote]I disagree with e "displacment" theory. as i've said many times on this type of post, unfortunately Worcester is well known far and wide for being a place where one can get away with this type of behaviour. i reported a heroin shooting den i came across accidently while out doing my photograhpy and after reporting it to the authorites [that made local headlines], i came under critism by "friends" who told me it was pointless reportin it cuz the addicts will just move elsewhere.. well as far as i'm aware the "den" as bad as it was with around 500+ used syringes, has'nt sprung up again. And as regards action being taken against local traders who continually sell alcohol to people "in a mess". . i agree 100%. i did bring this matter to the attention of the top authorities when i attended and spoke of my concerns at the recent "police and crime commissioner" meeting at the guildhall. i reminded them it is a criminal offence for ANYONE to sell alcohol to someoone obviously drunk or in a mess. [looking and behaving worse for wear]. It fell on deaf ears. there is one particular trader in lowesmoor who i've seen selling alcohol more that once to people with crasbo/asbo against them for street drinking. it's all bout the money!. As regards containment, "St" pauls hostel has a drinking containment area now which helps keeps anyone living in the hostel off the streets going it. the authorities did discuss with me a desire and possible plan for another containment area in the city.. canuck7
  • Score: 9

9:54pm Sat 24 May 14

DarrenM says...

canuck7 wrote:
Mr A Mazing wrote:
It's easy to moan about drunks blighting the city but you are never going to stop it with any amount of signs or action. Even if real enforcement action is taken, all you do is shift the problem elsewhere. High St, Arboretum, Lowesmoor, Riverside, St Johns-they just get displaced.

Action should be taken with the traders who continue to sell drunk people alcohol, which is against the law. (Newsagent at end of Lowesmoor seems good at that).

It would be nice to build a large wall around a field out of sight, and herd them all in there so they are not visible. Around the playing field at Diglis perhaps? Maybe even offer them free alcohol to keep them within the walls and not stagger about the city. (*This is a joke)
I disagree with e "displacment" theory. as i've said many times on this type of post, unfortunately Worcester is well known far and wide for being a place where one can get away with this type of behaviour. i reported a heroin shooting den i came across accidently while out doing my photograhpy and after reporting it to the authorites , i came under critism by "friends" who told me it was pointless reportin it cuz the addicts will just move elsewhere.. well as far as i'm aware the "den" as bad as it was with around 500+ used syringes, has'nt sprung up again. And as regards action being taken against local traders who continually sell alcohol to people "in a mess". . i agree 100%. i did bring this matter to the attention of the top authorities when i attended and spoke of my concerns at the recent "police and crime commissioner" meeting at the guildhall. i reminded them it is a criminal offence for ANYONE to sell alcohol to someoone obviously drunk or in a mess. . It fell on deaf ears. there is one particular trader in lowesmoor who i've seen selling alcohol more that once to people with crasbo/asbo against them for street drinking. it's all bout the money!. As regards containment, "St" pauls hostel has a drinking containment area now which helps keeps anyone living in the hostel off the streets going it. the authorities did discuss with me a desire and possible plan for another containment area in the city..
Unfortunately Worst Farcia pick and choose what laws to enforce, the pages of the evening news are filled with thinly disguised press releases from them where no action was taken despite being blatant breaches of the law, which passes without comment.....
[quote][p][bold]canuck7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr A Mazing[/bold] wrote: It's easy to moan about drunks blighting the city but you are never going to stop it with any amount of signs or action. Even if real enforcement action is taken, all you do is shift the problem elsewhere. High St, Arboretum, Lowesmoor, Riverside, St Johns-they just get displaced. Action should be taken with the traders who continue to sell drunk people alcohol, which is against the law. (Newsagent at end of Lowesmoor seems good at that). It would be nice to build a large wall around a field out of sight, and herd them all in there so they are not visible. Around the playing field at Diglis perhaps? Maybe even offer them free alcohol to keep them within the walls and not stagger about the city. (*This is a joke)[/p][/quote]I disagree with e "displacment" theory. as i've said many times on this type of post, unfortunately Worcester is well known far and wide for being a place where one can get away with this type of behaviour. i reported a heroin shooting den i came across accidently while out doing my photograhpy and after reporting it to the authorites [that made local headlines], i came under critism by "friends" who told me it was pointless reportin it cuz the addicts will just move elsewhere.. well as far as i'm aware the "den" as bad as it was with around 500+ used syringes, has'nt sprung up again. And as regards action being taken against local traders who continually sell alcohol to people "in a mess". . i agree 100%. i did bring this matter to the attention of the top authorities when i attended and spoke of my concerns at the recent "police and crime commissioner" meeting at the guildhall. i reminded them it is a criminal offence for ANYONE to sell alcohol to someoone obviously drunk or in a mess. [looking and behaving worse for wear]. It fell on deaf ears. there is one particular trader in lowesmoor who i've seen selling alcohol more that once to people with crasbo/asbo against them for street drinking. it's all bout the money!. As regards containment, "St" pauls hostel has a drinking containment area now which helps keeps anyone living in the hostel off the streets going it. the authorities did discuss with me a desire and possible plan for another containment area in the city..[/p][/quote]Unfortunately Worst Farcia pick and choose what laws to enforce, the pages of the evening news are filled with thinly disguised press releases from them where no action was taken despite being blatant breaches of the law, which passes without comment..... DarrenM
  • Score: 7

9:15am Sun 25 May 14

ScottLoftus says...

It's a sad state of affairs when we have to put up signs in another language because the problem is that bad. All of these problems can be traced back to the issue of imagination
It's a sad state of affairs when we have to put up signs in another language because the problem is that bad. All of these problems can be traced back to the issue of imagination ScottLoftus
  • Score: 4

12:55pm Sun 25 May 14

canuck7 says...

DarrenM wrote:
canuck7 wrote:
Mr A Mazing wrote:
It's easy to moan about drunks blighting the city but you are never going to stop it with any amount of signs or action. Even if real enforcement action is taken, all you do is shift the problem elsewhere. High St, Arboretum, Lowesmoor, Riverside, St Johns-they just get displaced.

Action should be taken with the traders who continue to sell drunk people alcohol, which is against the law. (Newsagent at end of Lowesmoor seems good at that).

It would be nice to build a large wall around a field out of sight, and herd them all in there so they are not visible. Around the playing field at Diglis perhaps? Maybe even offer them free alcohol to keep them within the walls and not stagger about the city. (*This is a joke)
I disagree with e "displacment" theory. as i've said many times on this type of post, unfortunately Worcester is well known far and wide for being a place where one can get away with this type of behaviour. i reported a heroin shooting den i came across accidently while out doing my photograhpy and after reporting it to the authorites , i came under critism by "friends" who told me it was pointless reportin it cuz the addicts will just move elsewhere.. well as far as i'm aware the "den" as bad as it was with around 500+ used syringes, has'nt sprung up again. And as regards action being taken against local traders who continually sell alcohol to people "in a mess". . i agree 100%. i did bring this matter to the attention of the top authorities when i attended and spoke of my concerns at the recent "police and crime commissioner" meeting at the guildhall. i reminded them it is a criminal offence for ANYONE to sell alcohol to someoone obviously drunk or in a mess. . It fell on deaf ears. there is one particular trader in lowesmoor who i've seen selling alcohol more that once to people with crasbo/asbo against them for street drinking. it's all bout the money!. As regards containment, "St" pauls hostel has a drinking containment area now which helps keeps anyone living in the hostel off the streets going it. the authorities did discuss with me a desire and possible plan for another containment area in the city..
Unfortunately Worst Farcia pick and choose what laws to enforce, the pages of the evening news are filled with thinly disguised press releases from them where no action was taken despite being blatant breaches of the law, which passes without comment.....
yes agreed and well aware.
[quote][p][bold]DarrenM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]canuck7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr A Mazing[/bold] wrote: It's easy to moan about drunks blighting the city but you are never going to stop it with any amount of signs or action. Even if real enforcement action is taken, all you do is shift the problem elsewhere. High St, Arboretum, Lowesmoor, Riverside, St Johns-they just get displaced. Action should be taken with the traders who continue to sell drunk people alcohol, which is against the law. (Newsagent at end of Lowesmoor seems good at that). It would be nice to build a large wall around a field out of sight, and herd them all in there so they are not visible. Around the playing field at Diglis perhaps? Maybe even offer them free alcohol to keep them within the walls and not stagger about the city. (*This is a joke)[/p][/quote]I disagree with e "displacment" theory. as i've said many times on this type of post, unfortunately Worcester is well known far and wide for being a place where one can get away with this type of behaviour. i reported a heroin shooting den i came across accidently while out doing my photograhpy and after reporting it to the authorites [that made local headlines], i came under critism by "friends" who told me it was pointless reportin it cuz the addicts will just move elsewhere.. well as far as i'm aware the "den" as bad as it was with around 500+ used syringes, has'nt sprung up again. And as regards action being taken against local traders who continually sell alcohol to people "in a mess". . i agree 100%. i did bring this matter to the attention of the top authorities when i attended and spoke of my concerns at the recent "police and crime commissioner" meeting at the guildhall. i reminded them it is a criminal offence for ANYONE to sell alcohol to someoone obviously drunk or in a mess. [looking and behaving worse for wear]. It fell on deaf ears. there is one particular trader in lowesmoor who i've seen selling alcohol more that once to people with crasbo/asbo against them for street drinking. it's all bout the money!. As regards containment, "St" pauls hostel has a drinking containment area now which helps keeps anyone living in the hostel off the streets going it. the authorities did discuss with me a desire and possible plan for another containment area in the city..[/p][/quote]Unfortunately Worst Farcia pick and choose what laws to enforce, the pages of the evening news are filled with thinly disguised press releases from them where no action was taken despite being blatant breaches of the law, which passes without comment.....[/p][/quote]yes agreed and well aware. canuck7
  • Score: 8

5:26pm Tue 3 Jun 14

BC10ax says...

Yet more nails in the coffin of the idea of mass immigration being so wonderful.

Those supporting it always say immigrants claim less in benefits than the native population. But they ignore the other costs, and the problems we are importing.

If a sign is needed, it is clearly a major, widespread problem that's been going on for a while. Those involved should just be rounded up and sent home.
Yet more nails in the coffin of the idea of mass immigration being so wonderful. Those supporting it always say immigrants claim less in benefits than the native population. But they ignore the other costs, and the problems we are importing. If a sign is needed, it is clearly a major, widespread problem that's been going on for a while. Those involved should just be rounded up and sent home. BC10ax
  • Score: 1

8:57pm Fri 6 Jun 14

DarrenM says...

In any case there's no such thing as an "on the spot fine" only a fixed penalty notice, also its not my area but I'm 99% certain that the sign is misleading anyway - It's perfectly legal to drink Alcohol in a Designated Public Place. It only becomes an offence, if asked to stop by a Police Officer or other Designated Person, you continue to do so.
In any case there's no such thing as an "on the spot fine" only a fixed penalty notice, also its not my area but I'm 99% certain that the sign is misleading anyway - It's perfectly legal to drink Alcohol in a Designated Public Place. It only becomes an offence, if asked to stop by a Police Officer or other Designated Person, you continue to do so. DarrenM
  • Score: 2

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